Barska Spotter-Pro 22-66X80mm Straight Scope (with Tripod & Case)

spotter-pro-22-66x80-wpViewing Configuration: Straight
Magnification: 22-66X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: No
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 80 mm
Close Focus Distance: 26 feet
Length: 15.5 inches
Weight: 34.88 ounces
Field of View: 78-42 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 34.5-17.3 mm/ 3.4-1.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Multi-Coated
Glass: Not Listed
Focus System: Focus Knob/Single Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching

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Barska Spotter-Pro Review

This huge Spotter-Pro has a large 80 mm objective lens and 22-66X power with multi-coated optics. The straight scope has the porro prism design, is fully weatherproof, and has the ever-popular Mossy Oak Camouflage finish.

Online, it does excellently for a Barska with a great rating. I should mention that at this point in time, it only has a few reviews. The first thing that caught my eye about the Spotter-Pro is the Mossy Oak Camo finish – I’ll be totally honest, it’s awesome. But, I also chose it for this review since it’s one of Barska’s more expensive spotting scopes outfitted for the hunter and birder.

But, as the most expensive scope among our Barska spotting scope reviews, let’s examine more closely to see if it’s worth its hefty price tag.

PROs:
  • Mossy Oak Camo finish
  • Extended eye relief
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Complete accessories package
  • High magnification
CONs:
  • Price

 

Spotter Pro 22-66×80 Q&A:

What is the eye relief on the Spotter-Pro?

This happens to be my favorite feature on this Barska. It has extended eye relief of 34.5 mm at 66X. If you’re looking for long eye relief, this is it.

At the lowest magnification of 22X, you’ve still got a really good 17.3 mm of eye relief. This is usually where most other eye relief starts at high magnification, so if you’re worried about wanting to keep your specs or your shades on, there’s no question about it here.

 

Is it convenient to take into the field?

While this is no compact scope, an 80 mm objective lens certainly disqualifies that feature, it’s still a pretty decent optic to consider if you wanted to tote it around on a hunt.

Surprisingly, it only weighs a light 2.18 pounds. It’s also only 15.5 inches in length, and these specs seem quite favorable to consider if you’re a hunter on the move. But, if a truly compact spotting scope is what you are after, you might be better check out some of our other spotting scope reviews here – https://www.targettamers.com/best-spotting-scopes/.

 

 

Is the 66X magnification necessary for hunting?

While the 66X power is an excellent convenience for long distance ranging, it’s usually unlikely that a hunter is going to need that much power. And, when that much power is needed, clear, quality, and bright glass is a must.

Unfortunately, with most low budget optics, clarity suffers the higher magnification you use.

And, the lack of additional optical coatings and ability to fine focus on details tells me that you’ll most likely experience aberrations of some sort at 66X power.

Short answer: 66X power isn’t a necessity from this Barska for sub-300 yard hunting.

 

What level of coatings does it have?

Multi-coated. This means that at least one air-to-glass surface has been coated several times for ultimate light transmittance.

But, what does this mean in terms of value?

For what you’re paying for this Barska, you should at least see the best level of coatings you can get – fully multi-coated. But, alas, we will have to settle with the next best.

 

How much does the Spotter-Pro cost?

This particular model is one of the pricier Barska scopes I’ve featured, and it has a price tag of $300 – well, just barely under.

For these kinds of prices from a Barska, you should be seeing all the fancy trappings. Perhaps, fully multi-coated coatings, dielectric phase coatings, ED glass, dual focus knob, and maybe even an external lens protection coating, just to name a few.

And unfortunately, it doesn’t have it.

 

Noteworthy Features:BARSKA Spotter- Pro 80 22-66X80

  • 22-66X super high zoom for long distance ranging and detail-viewing
  • Large 80 mm lens for optimal light gathering
  • Multi-Coated optics, Porro Prism Design, Straight Viewing Design
  • Fully waterproof and fogproof for use in all types of weather
  • Mossy Oak Camouflage finish; Black also available
  • Comes with Soft Carry Case and Table-Top Tripod
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the Barska Spotter-Pro is an awesome spotter! Even if the price is more than what you’d expect from this budget brand, current buyers have barely any complaints!

While the extreme long-distance magnification power may be overkill for the hunt, it can be awesome for birding and target shooting. However, if you really want to go without the 66X mag, the Barska WP Level Angled 20-60×65 brings it down a little. It’s cheaper than the Spotter-Pro, you get the hard-shell case too, but you won’t have the awesome extended eye relief. Up to you, right?

In the same price range as the Spotter-Pro is the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme 16-48×50 (check it out here). On the best seller list, it should have everything you expect it to have for a Bushnell. It’s fully weatherproof, has an armor body, and comes with two different tripod mounts. However, it still can’t compare to the Spotter-Pro’s extended eye relief.

In the end, when Barska goes all out, they really do it well. The Spotter-Pro spotting scope is proof of that!

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